The Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney Saturday night for the presidency. Breaking from 40 years of Democratic endorsements, the Register cited the economy, job creation and an ability to work across party lines as reasons for their support of Romney.
"The former governor and business executive has a strong record of achievement in both the private and the public sectors," the paper wrote in its endorsement. "He was an accomplished governor in a liberal state. He founded and ran a successful business that turned around failing companies."
The endorsement breaks the pre-existing tie in endorsements from major papers in Swing States. The Register joins five other papers -- including the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel -- to flip its support from Obama in 2008 to Romney in 2012, giving the GOP nominee the lead in Swing State newspaper endorsements.
"Our support for Republican Mitt Romney may surprise, it may anger, it may please," the Register's Editorial Board acknowledges. "Opinions expressed by this board in no way affect news coverage, except to the extent than an endorsement itself becomes news."
The New York Times underscored its editorial independence as well Saturday when it announced its endorsement of Obama, citing the economy, health care and women's issues as key reasons behind its decision. The Times also backed Obama in 2008.